If you constantly find your checking account empty sooner than you expect each month, you’re not alone — scores of people have trouble keeping their spending in check. While everyone has their own reasons and circumstances to deal with, the one thing we can all do to remedy our situation is track our expenses. This lets us know where our money is actually going, what we might be spending too much on, and how much we have left after scheduled expenses like rent and utility bills. Wouldn’t it be great if you had a tool to let you do this quickly and easily?
Indeed it would be, and that’s why we’re looking at Finance41, a lesser-known personal expense tracking app that’s built for speed and ease of use. Packing nifty features like budgets, natural language input, tags for categorization, spending analysis and support for multiple currencies, this app is great for international users and makes light work of monitoring your money.
We all capture thousands of photos every day and share them on different online services. The problem arises when you have to save those images on a single platform. It may not be the best idea to upload photos from every device you own and then save it on your computer or on any other cloud storage service. If you are looking for a place to upload more photos, you should give Picturelife a try.
Picturelife is a new startup founded by OMGPOP’s founder Charles Forman. It permits users to backup their photos from different devices. Currently, the service works with iPhone, Android, Windows and Mac. Once installed, it automatically creates a backup of all your photos online so that you can access them online.
You need to keep track of the time you spend working. You know you do, but you don’t simply because it’s too difficult to keep up with. You need a simple way to keep track of the time you and your team spend working, and that’s exactly what Timely, our sponsor this week, is designed to do.
Timely is a beautifully designed time tracking app that’s intuative and simple. You’ll be able to track the time you spend working with no fuss from your browser or its iPhone app. Whether you’re working on your own projects, or collaborating on projects across your whole company, Timely makes keeping track of the time spent on everything simple.
When it comes time to make your reports at the end of the month, Timely’s right there to make things easier. You can use it to make customizable reports on how long everyone on the team worked, either all together or in individual projects. Then, you can take the data to your other apps easily with CSV export. It’s everything you need to keep track of your team’s time and put that data to work.
We gave Timely a 9/10 in our recent review, and we think you’ll like it if you give it a try.
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Ready to start tracking your time? You can signup for a free Timely account to give it a month trial, then you can keep tracking your time starting at $10/month for solo users or $25+/month as a team. With the time you save and track, it just might pay for itself!
Not too long ago, Dropbox was the only commonly known name when it came to storing your data on the cloud. The brilliant folder design of the service help (and still helps) people start using it from the get go without any significant difficulties. But there were a few holes in the services – some room for improvement, as there is with everything (at least everything technological). And now, we’ve got dozens of cloud storage services, some old, some new, to fill the gaps left by Dropbox.
The problem now is, you’re often left wondering what cloud storage service you stored your files in, especially if you’ve signed up to many of them to take advantage of all the free storage. If you ever decide to consolidate it all down to just one cloud service, you’ll have quite the frustrating time trying to get everything downloaded and reuploaded.
That’s where CloudHQ comes in. It’s the service you need to keep all of your cloud storage services synced.
To-Do lists and task management apps can only go so far as list the things we want to accomplish, but sometimes these lists just go on forever. It took me a while to realize I needed to narrow down the time frame for completing my tasks, so I can focus on what I should be doing in the next few days.
I recently came across Weekplan, a minimalist app for planning tasks in weekly intervals. The app, inspired by the Seven Habits mantra, encourages you to sort and assign task priorities so you know what you need to focus on within a week’s time.
If you listened to the claims of startups and entrenched tech giants alike, you’d be led to believe that it’s terribly hard to find and listen to music today. That’s anything but the truth, of course. If anything, it’s easier to find and listen to the music you want today than it’s ever been.
There’s the older, traditional route of buying music on CDs (and even records, if you’re an audiophile), and that still works perfectly fine today. There’s free over-the-air radio, complemented with internet radio often from the same stations. You can likely find most songs you want to listen to in music videos on YouTube, and can keep the song forever with music downloads, either directly from artists or from stores like iTunes and more (as well as less legitimate sources, which are the real reason music industry leaders keep searching for new business models).
But that’s not enough. Now, we’ve got an insane selection of music subscription services, where for a low fee per month you can listen to every song imaginable, and then some. You won’t own any music, but you’ll have more accessible than you could ever listen to. There’s also brand-new in-between services like the new iTunes Radio that give you auto-generated radio streams of songs in a genre you like, with options to buy the songs if you want to listen to them again.
It’s getting to be a bit too much, and sometimes one could wish for a return to the simplicity of just flipping on the radio. So what’s your favorite way to get music nowadays? Are you still listening to traditional radio, buying songs directly, or subscribing to music services? Or are you using a mix of all 3? We’d love to hear your thoughts on music in 2013 in the comments below.
As July approaches, an increasing number of Google fans get worried about how they are going to continue getting the updates from their favorite RSS feeds. Why? Because not too long ago, Google announced its nonsensical decision to shut down one of its most popular services – Google Reader – once and for all. The date is set for July 1st and users of the service are looking to find a competent alternative.
Fortunately for internet users, the web provides a wide variety of feeds subscribing services to choose from. With Google Reader shutting down, people might be looking for something that is not only a replacement but a ‘fresh’ replacement, to be more precise i.e. that is new, has an appealing interface, and is just as functional as Google Reader. Here to be that very replacement is a service that offers all that and much more called InoReader.
I have been using Pocket since it was known as Read It Later, and it’s served my purposes brilliantly, replacing Evernote whose interface I never much cared for. Whenever I come across an article or video that I want to revisit later, I add it to Pocket and forget about it. But there is still one feature in Evernote that I sorely miss: tagging.
When I first came across FaveBucket, it seemed to offer the perfect marriage: Pocket’s lovely interface and Evernote’s robust tagging and categorising abilities. What’s more, it also offers an ability to password-protect bookmarks. So how does it actually fare in real-world?
Odds are, if you’re serious about notetaking, you’re a faithful Evernote user already. The ubiquitous notes app is one of the best ways to take notes on the web, or even automatically from other web apps using tools like IFTTT. Then, it’s got native apps for almost every platform, so chances are even if you’re a web app fan, you don’t need to use the web app that often.
Evernote’s great today, but it’s traveled down a road that’s been rocky at times. This week, though, the company’s gotten one of technology’s highest honors as it received an Apple Design Award for its Mac and iOS apps. We’ve taken an in-depth look at the company’s journey at our sister site Mac.AppStorm, tracing it from its roots as an app for taking handwritten notes on a tablet PC to a service that’s award-winning on the most design-concious OSes.
If you’re an Evernote fan — or just like learning more about the stories behind apps — this is an article you should take a few minutes to read.
As I may have mentioned before, one of the great things about the web is the fact that it gives you the opportunity to connect with people from many different places. No longer do you and a coworker have to be in the same room, looking at the same screen in order to discuss a project. The web has made it so that distance knows no boundaries for two or more people to connect or work together. It still blows my mind that there are developers out there that create apps and they haven’t even met face to face. But yet, they are able to crank out amazing apps by being able to communicate and collaborate through the web.
One of those apps that can help people connect and work together is one called Kollaborate and it does exactly what the name says. It is a web tool to help people collaborate with each other in real time, so that they can work together. I had the chance to take it for a spin and I was intrigued by its possibilities.